Contracts form the backbone of most business dealings in Denver. Oftentimes these contracts are carefully drafted to ensure each party is receiving the benefits they expect out of the agreement. Unfortunately, the reality is that sometimes a party to a contract will not live up to their end of the bargain and will breach the contract. Breach of contract in Colorado can take a variety of forms and could even involve a third-party not involved in the original contract. The following is a brief overview of tortious interference with contractual relations in Colorado.
What is tortious interference with contractual relations?
A third-party may be liable for the breach of a contract if they intentionally and improperly interfered with the contract, causing the non-breaching party to lose a right they would have had had the contract been honored or if the breach caused the contract rights of the non-breaching party to become more costly or less valuable.
Elements of liability for tortious interference with contractual relations
To prove liability, the plaintiff in a tortious interference with contractual relations case must prove several elements. They must prove a contract existed. They must prove that the defendant third-party knew or reasonably should have known that the contract existed. They must prove the defendant third-party intentionally interfered with the performance of the contract. They must prove such interference was improper. Finally, they must prove the interference caused them to suffer damages.
Pursuing a tortious interference with contractual relations claim
Ultimately this post is for informational purposes only. It does not contain legal advice and it cannot promise any specific outcome in a tortious interference with contractual relations claim. Those who believe a third-party wrongfully interfered with their contract will want to seek the assistance of a Colorado business litigation attorney for further guidance.